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Casey in the lead

Dublin: Overnight leader Rory McIlroy experienced a stunning free-fall to plunge nine strokes behind leader Paul Casey after the second round at the Memorial Tournament on Friday.

After snaring the first-round lead with an opening 63 at Muirfield Village Golf Club, McIlroy notched three consecutive double bogeys en route to a six-over-par 78. But he did not blame his dismal day on a sore left knee he tweaked during the first round, instead admitting that it was poor driving caused his high score.

“I just kept missing fairways and making it tough for myself and obviously that little three-hole stretch didn't help,” the Northern Irishman told reporters.

“Take those three holes out and it wouldn’t have been that bad a day but these little runs I’m getting on it just seems to get away from me.”